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Rift in Mudgal panel over naming cricketers for alleged IPL betting

mudgal-m Retired Justice Mukul Mudgal Mudgal and Rao also mention the need for a forensic test of the tapes but they have relied more on police findings to nail Gurunath. (Photo: PTI)
Written by Maneesh Chhibber | Posted: February 13, 2014 3:53 am | Updated: February 13, 2014 8:19 am

Two days after the Mukul Mudgal panel filed two reports on betting and fixing in the IPL, there are murmurs about a lack of consensus among the panel’s three members who probed the scandal.

The differences, it is learnt, relate to disclosing in the report names of six Indian players which cropped up during the investigations.

The other issue concerns the alleged involvement of Chennai Super Kings official and BCCI president N Srinivasan’s son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, in betting and passing inside information to bookies.

Both reports — one signed by former Punjab and Haryana chief justice Mukul Mudgal and Additional Solicitor General L Nageswara Rao, the other by senior advocate Nilay Dutta — agree that Gurunath was an important “team official” and did indulge in betting.

However, Dutta strongly asserts “the conclusion awaits a final determination in the criminal proceedings where the raw footage and the tapes (of Gurunath’s conversation with bookies) would be proved scientifically”.

Mudgal and Rao also mention the need for a forensic test of the tapes but they have relied more on police findings to nail Gurunath.

Mudgal and Dutta, who is also an official with the Assam Cricket Association, refused to comment when reached by The Indian Express.
Those in the know say the two have not been on the same page even during the investigation and more so when it came to taking a wider view on the factors corrupting the game.

Dutta has said “what was investigated was merely the tip of the iceberg. Names of various other national and international players came up in course of the investigations but these information have not been investigated by any agency (sic)”.

“It appears that names of six prominent Indian capped players are available in tapes in connection with dealings with bookies while two of these prominent Indian capped players have also been named by none other than a former president of BCCI,” Dutta has said.

Mudgal and Rao stressed the “conflict of interest” issue and mostly stuck to investigating the role of officials and player agents. “The committee does not wish to further elaborate on details or discuss the evidence on record in detail, in light of the pending criminal proceedings,” their report said in conclusion.

“The committee during its interactions and on review of documents provided to it has come across many allegations of sporting fraud. However, as of now, these are mere allegations and we do not think it proper to cast aspersions on the persons named unless investigations are conducted. The names of the persons and allegations in view of the sensitive nature of the information are being provided separately in a sealed envelope,” they said.

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